The purpose of the stay was to celebrate my mate Simon’s 40th birthday. We were staying at the very nice De Vere Belton Woods. We all met up prior to a one o’clock tee-off for a sausage sandwich and a coffee, set out the handicaps, and decide the fourballs.
The aim was to play a North v South Stableford competition, 2 Northerners and 2 Southerners in each four ball. One of the lads had bought us all some caps to wear to commemorate the occasion, and Simon had brought enough beer for a small party that we managed to fit in our bags!
The hotel has two courses in the grounds, the Lakes course and the Woodland course. We opted for the Woodland course and it was pretty impressive. The one grudge I have is the position of the flags, they were all close to the edge of the greens and were very challenging, resulting in alot of 3 putts from all of us.
I was disappointed with my round a times, I hit some awful approach shots from very good drives and this killed the round. I did manage another birdie however and won the Longest drive on the 18th!
My card is here
The result of the game was the Northern boys won by 10 points from our combined scores! Get in there and Simon had bought us all a prize for winning. The individual score that won was 32, which to be homes said a fair bit about some of our performances!
The night carried on and we had a fantastic 3 course meal that was included in the break and then had a few more beers in the bar regaling our tales from earlier. I would recommend a stay at Belton and would give the course a 4/5. The design of the holes are great, some fantastic tee areas, and some amazing bunkers make the course exciting and challenging. The greens were pretty quick and tough due to flag positions. The reason it’s not 5/5 is because of this and for £45 a round I would have expected a few more ‘eye-catching’ holes. Would definitely go back again though! We are looking to make it an annual event now and give those Southerners a chance to get one back on us.
Here’s an aerial shot of the 18th Lakes course, with the 18th Woodlands course just to the left.
Some more photos of the course are below :